Apple iPhone 6: An Android User’s Wishlist

Posted on Dec 27 2012 - 12:02pm by Brad Ward

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As a Note II user, I often look at the iPhone wondering what it is actually worth anymore. iOS hasn’t changed a whole lot since the release of the iPhone 4. After using Android and watching it constantly evolve, iOS seems like its not worth the switch. Granted, the iPhone was not designed to be appealing to everyone. As an avid Android user though, this is what would get me interested in iOS:

Larger Screen Size

I know, I know. You are probably thinking, “oh, not this argument again!” Bear with me though. Apple does not necessarily need to increase the display size of the iPhone, but it would be great to see the company create another variant of the iPhone with a larger display. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, I really would like to see an Note-like iPhone device. I — and many others — are getting used to larger displays on our smartphones if not preferring it and downgrading to a smaller screen almost feels like a chore. Granted, I don’t want Apple copying Samsung or LG, but it would be phenomenal to see Apple bring a larger display into the mix.

Oh and no, I’m not talking about increasing the height of the iPhone anymore, but width too!

A Redesigned UI

The UI on the iPhone feels dull and boring. Granted, Android’s UI also gets boring, but redesigns every so often and the ability to add widgets keeps it refreshing, especially when you are given the power of full customization over widgets (e.g. HD Widgets and Beautiful Widgets). There is no such thing as a perfect UI, but I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing something more refreshed.

Openness

I’m going out on a leg here, but I would almost say that it would be good if Apple made the iPhone more open to the development community. Yes, their operating system has been closed off for years, which is what makes it different from Android. At the same time though, they could appeal to a lot of customers by letting the development community at the smartphone. Granted, with how bad Apple’s reputation is with Android users, I could see this eventually backfiring on them. If that were not an issue though, I would love to see more openness in the iPhone. Imagine a CyanogenMod version of iOS! I think that would be really sweet to see (I can almost imagine avid iPhone users cringing at the thought)!

And who knows, Apple could even find themselves hiring a really smart guy out of the development community.

Better Google Support

I honestly want to see more of Google on the iPhone (and more Apple on Android as well). Google — for just about everybody — is essentially integrated into our lives. Think about it for a second. A large majority of people are constantly relying on Google Maps to get them around or are relying on Gmail to read their emails. Some are even relying on YouTube to be their main source of entertainment. Google has some very successful products and for Apple to not allow certain apps on their is ridiculous. If Google does not want to put their apps on iOS, that seems a bit ridiculous as well. Sure Android is widely successful, but would Google not want more and more people to use their own apps like YouTube?

Now, a lot of Google’s apps are already on iOS, but I would like to see better support. Currently, Google Docs on iOS feels half-baked. And yes, while Apple hasn’t kicked Google off of their platform, I never want to see them do that as earlier rumors have suggested in the past (this was before Apple launched iOS 6).

That’s my wishlist for the iPhone 6. I’m an avid Android user, and iOS in its current state does not interest me. As an avid Android user, the above is what would get me interested in iOS. Like I said in the beginning though, iOS was not made to appeal to everyone and neither was Android.

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About the Author

Residing in Eastern Michigan, Brad is a lover of all-things Android. Technology has always been a fascination for Brad, which has led to an interesting in writing. His first phone was the Motorola Atrix 2. He currently works at The Droid Guy and enjoys gaming, weightlifting, reading, creating ideas and watching start ups.

  • Dana

    Apple seriously needs to redesign a few things:
    * Widget implementation – The lack of widgets is embarrassing to the iOS platform. It is WAY to difficult to get to things like Bluetooth and Wifi on iOS.

    * Decent method of moving media. Video management, in particular, on iOS is horrible. Apple should just have Photos, Music, and Video folders that show up as external USB drives, and let us manage these media. We are still shackled by iTunes for absolutely no reason.

    * Notification light – The external LED on Android is incredibly useful.

    * Notification screen widgets. Android nailed it with the ability for app designers to put things like player controls in the notification list.

    * Allow Sharing between apps – Android and Microsoft nailed it in this category, too. The ecosystem needs to have a contract policy between apps, that allows one to share the current item to another app. For example, if I am viewing a webpage in Safari, I should be able to open a Share To… screen and pick Evernote, to create a note based on that webpage.

  • Jeff

    I switched from the iPhone 5 to a Droid DNA about a month ago. The iPhone has been in a state of stagnation for too long for me to enjoy. I love my DNA, its absolutely beautiful. But with that said I would move back to the iPhone in a heartbeat if they moved to a 4.8 screen and and open environmental.

    I feel like both of these can be achieved with the A7. Apple keeps the screen size and closed environment because it keeps their hardware seriously snappy. It took a long time to forget just how snappy and fluid iOS is compared to Android. There is absolutely no hardware flag and I dare say every Android phone has slight hardware lag.

  • Tyler

    I had the s3 and then went to the iPhone 5, primarily because before long the s3 will be worth a measly 80$ on resale where as the iPhone will be more than 200. iPhones last longer, and have a more reliable UI then android. That said I may consider myself a fanboy just due to apples constant strength – performance. Example in a different area – Tom Brady. Tom Brady is apple where as RGIII is Android, flashy, but will turn it over occasionally.

  • joe

    buying a phone for resale value has to be one of the stupidest things a human being can do.